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  • ANN: Welcome to our New Member, The St. Petersburg Arts Project!

    We are delighted to announce that The St. Petersburg Arts Project is now a member of SHERA

    ‘St. Petersburg Arts Project’ is a New York based non-for-profit foundation, originally established in 1999 to promote cultural exchange between American and Russian art communities. For the past 17 years the foundation has successfully launched festivals and exhibitions in many cities such as London, New York, Washington, St. Petersburg and Berlin, to engage artists and audiences from the two countries in cultural exchange. In 2005, the foundation expanded its mission to multi-cultural artistic community building. The foundation continues to rely upon traditional means of communication such as publication of articles in international journals, lectures and the organization of exhibitions. Additionally, it uses and develops new media technologies to reach artists and the general public in different corners of the world.

  • ANN: Productive Arts May 2016 Catalogue

    ANN: Productive Arts May 2016 Catalogue

    ANN: Productive Arts May 2016 Catalogue

    Our member Productive Arts is pleased to announce the May 2016 catalogue of rare and unique Soviet era essays, cover designs, illustrations, posters, books and posters for sale, including images by Rodchenko, Klucis, Popova, Lissitzky and Lebedev.

    Please browse their online catalogue for more information.

    Productive Arts are private dealers of Russian/Soviet art and photo related books, journals, magazines, publications, posters and ephemera from before the revolution, through the constructivist period and socialist realism.

    Their specialties: “USSR in Construction”; Newsmontage; 1920s-30s political and commercial design posters; the great 1930s Soviet photobooks; commercial design ephemera; and complete (and near complete) runs of photo, political, film, theater, architectural and cultural journals.

    Their clients include museums, libraries, archives, public and private collections.

    Their inventory includes materials designed by Rodchenko, Stepanova, Malevich, Lissitzky, Klutsis, Stenberg Brothers, Naumov, Deineka, Troshin, Pinus, Pimenov, Lebedev, Konashevich and many others.

    Productive Arts are proud members of: The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).

    Contact details:


    10501 Lakeshore Blvd #3
    Bratenahl OH 44108 USA

  • Member News: Congratulations to Dr. Allison Leigh on her new Tenure Track Position!

    Member News: Congratulations to Dr. Allison Leigh on her new Tenure Track Position!

    Member News: Congratulations to Dr. Allison Leigh

    Congratulations to our member, Dr. Allison Leigh, who has just accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Louisiana! The students of UL are lucky to have you! Best of luck in your new position.

  • ANN: 2016 Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients

    2016 Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship Recipients
    ASEEES is delighted to announce the 2016 Stephen F. Cohen-Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship recipients.
    The Cohen-Tucker Fellowship Program is sponsored by the KAT Charitable Foundation, which we thank for its generous support.

    Susan Grunewald Carnegie Mellon University
    Erin Hutchinson Harvard University
    Dakota Irvin UNC Chapel Hill
    Kelsey Norris University of Pennsylvania
    John Romero Arizona State University
    John Seitz Iowa State University

    You can read the announcement with their dissertation titles and brief descriptions at: Congratulations to the six Cohen-Tucker Fellows!

    2016 Tucker/Cohen Dissertation Prize Nomination Extended Deadline, June 15
    The deadline for the 2016 Tucker/Cohen Dissertation Prize nominations has been extended to June 15. The Tucker/Cohen Dissertation Prize recognizes an outstanding English-language doctoral dissertation in Soviet or Post-Soviet politics and history in the tradition practiced by Robert C. Tucker and Stephen F. Cohen. The dissertation must be defended at an American or Canadian university, and must be completed during the 2015 calendar year. The prize carries a $5,000 award, intended to help the author turn the dissertation into a publishable manuscript. For more information see

    2016 Annual Convention Travel Grants
    The deadlines for travel grants to the 2016 Annual Convention in Washington, DC, are approaching quickly:

    Extended Registration Deadline for 2016 ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention in Lviv, Ukraine
    The registration deadline for the ASEEES-MAG Summer Convention has been extended to May 25:
    You can view the preliminary convention program at:

  • ANN: AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS grants the Museum of Russian Icons accreditation

    ANN: AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS grants the Museum of Russian Icons accreditation

    On the eve of the Museum of Russian Icons tenth anniversary (it opened its doors in October 2006) the Museum receives the highest accolade available to American museums - the AAM Accreditation.

    Fewer than 10% of American museums are accredited. Accreditation is a long process and requires that the museum preform at the highest ethical, administration and community engagement standards, equal to any of the most prestigious national museums in the USA.

    It is very unusual for accreditation to be awarded to a museum that is only ten year old. This is a cap stone for the philanthropy of the founder’s Gordon B. Lankton, former President and Chairman of Nypro Inc. Mr. Lankton acquired his first icon, a St Nicholas on display at the Museum in 1991. From that time onward Mr. Lankton has assembled what Nadezhda Bekeneva of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow has called “one of the finest private collections of Russian icons in the world”. Mr. Lankton has donated his collection of over 1,000 icons from the 15th to 21st centuries along with the magnificent buildings that house the Museum in the care of a Board of Trustees. To ensure the future of the Museum Mr. Lankton has arranged to leave a significant endowment.

    “This is a wonderful acknowledgement of what has been achieved here, I am pleased that the AAM has recognized the Museum and the collections for quality and for the work we have done to bring the Museum to life. I am very happy to share this accolade with my favorite Town of Clinton”—Gordon B. Lankton upon hearing of the AAM Accreditation.

    Tara Young, Deputy Director at the Museum of Russian Icons led the Museum’s team to apply for accreditation. She and the Museum staff team of seven employees and the Trustees worked over a year to prepare the documentation for the application and to get the Museum systems up to AAM standard.

    The Museum is a lynch-pin for the revitalization of the Town of Clinton and the neighboring communities. The Museum attract over 15,000 visitors from around the country and the world annually. The Museum houses the largest, and finest collection of Russian icons outside of Russia.

    In awarding accreditation, the AAM review commission called the collections “important”, “significant”. They applauded “the spirit in which the accreditation process was approached by the staff and Trustees”. They commended the Museum on its strong community partnerships and in particular sited the establishment of the Moscow Study Center in partnership with WPI. The commissioners were impressed by the range and quality of the Museum programming. They also mentioned the recent international conference that attracted scholars from around the world to attend a 3 day event to discuss icons and Byzantine art during a major international exhibition in collaboration with the British Museum, London, was taking place. The Museum of Russian Icons was cited for how they use the collection of icons to promote understanding between the USA and Russia.

    The Museum of Russian Icons is the only Museum in the USA dedicated to Russian icons and it is the largest collection outside of Russia.

    MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ICONS, 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA 10150, USA
    Admission: Adults $10, seniors (59+) $7, Students $5, Children (3-7) $5, Children < Free
    Museum Open: Tue. - Fri., 11 to 4pm, FIRST Thurs to 8pm, Sat 11 to 5pm
    Free to Museum Members.

    For interviews & further information:
    Kent Russell, CEO/Curator 978 598 5000 x 12

  • ANN: New online resource: Quadrivium

    New online resource: Quadrivium

    The Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland has developed a new biweekly digital art history digest, Quadrivium, which may be of interest to SHERA members who use digital resources in teaching and research. It can be accessed through the website of the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture

  • ANN: Swans of Other Worlds Now Available as E-Book

    ANN: Swans of Other Worlds Now Available as E-Book

    Swans of Other Worlds Now Available as E-Book

    Charlotte Douglas’s book, Swans of Other Worlds: Kazimir Malevich and the Origins of Abstraction in Russia is now conveniently available as an e-book through, for only $9.99!

    Congratulations, Charlotte! We are all pleased to now have such easy access to your seminal publication!

  • Member News: Corina Apostol elected to serve as council member in National Administration for Cultural Funds, Romanian Ministry of Culture

    Member News: Corina Apostol elected to serve as council member in National Administration for Cultural Funds, Romanian Ministry of Culture

    PhD student Corina Apostol was nominated and accepted by the Romanian Cultural Minister to serve as a council member in the National Administration for Cultural Funds (Administratia Fondului Cultural National /AFCN), under the Romanian Ministry of Culture. This is a 2 year appointment. There are 11 council members who are tasked with deciding which programs, projects and cultural activities receive funds from the government and support international cultural relations.

  • Member News: The Personal Library of Professor Anthony Cross, Historian and Scholar of 18th Century Russian Studies, now Catalogued and Housed at Hillwood

    Washington D.C., January 20, 2016 Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is pleased to announce the acquisition of the personal library of professor Anthony Cross, historian and scholar of 18th-century Russian studies and professor of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge from 1985 to 2004. He is internationally known for his work on 18th-century Russia and Anglo-Russian cultural relations. Professor Cross has written and edited 25 books and has published over 400 articles, notes and reviews. Through his academic life, Professor Cross received several distinguishing accolades: In 1989, he was elected to the British Academy; he was invited to join the Russian Academy of the Humanities in 1996. In 2010 he received an honorary doctorate from the Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Pushkin House).
    The collection, built over the course of 60 years, includes 2,330 books in Russian, English, French and German, on literature, art, architecture, drama, history, freemasonry, history of science, geography, bibliography, and St. Petersburg; hundreds of offprints; and several linear feet of Cross’ personal files on individual authors and subjects.


  • Opportunities: Dodge Assistantships for Graduate Study in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University

    The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University offers Dodge Graduate Assistantships to doctoral candidates admitted to the Department of Art History who are committed to research on unofficial art of the former Soviet Union. Established in 2002 with a generous endowment from the Avenir Foundation in honor of Norton T. and Nancy Dodge, this assistantship program provides full tuition, fees, and health benefits, as well as an annual stipend for living expenses, to graduate students (known as Dodge Fellows). Travel funds for research and language study abroad, as well as for participation in conferences, are also available to Dodge Fellows by formal application.

    Dodge Fellows who enter Rutgers without a master’s degree are eligible for five years of assistantship funding. During the course of the first three years, students are obliged to work 15 hours a week in the Zimmerli’s Russian and Soviet curatorial offices; the subsequent two years support dissertation research and writing without any work obligation. Those who enter with a master’s degree are awarded four years of funding, reflecting a shortened period of coursework required for the doctoral degree.

    Work at the Zimmerli Art Museum is supervised by Dr. Jane A. Sharp, Associate Professor of Art History and Research Curator for the Dodge Collection, and Dr. Julia Tulovsky, Associate Curator for Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art, with the assistance of other museum staff. The fellows perform a variety of tasks such as curatorial assistance in exhibition and catalogue production as well as administration and collection management. During the third year Dodge Fellows are given the opportunity to curate their own exhibition from the Zimmerli’s Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection.

    Please refer to this link for more information:

    Application and Selection Process: Dodge Assistantships are awarded by the Department of Art History in consultation with the Zimmerli’s Director and staff to incoming graduate students. For information about the Dodge Assistantships, contact Professor Jane Sharp.